trans: Cuban films come to L.A.
Everyone needs to march, in communist lock-step, to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to see “Strawberry and Chocolate” (1994), Cuba’s only Foreign Language Film Award nominee to date.
It’s part of a “Hey! We Decided to Abandon our Bizarre Non-Recognition of You, Cuba” festival happening both in New York and L.A. I’m personally thrilled that the Cuban National Ballet (L.A. Music Center and Segerstrom in O.C.) is part of the arts reconciliation program. But first the film bit:
Presented in association with the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Cuban Spotlight, the Academy gala, “A Celebration of Cuban Film,” on June 22, will feature film clips from the Cuban titles showcased by the festival and present an onstage panel discussion with visiting directors. Hosted by the festival’s artistic director David Ansen, the program also will include a screening of Cuba’s Oscar®-nominated “Strawberry and Chocolate.”
Rope/La Soga. Gisell Monzón, 2009
The Shining/El Resplandor. Raupa, 2009
Fresa Chocolate Film Poster
Rocco e i suoi fratelli/Rocco and His Brothers/
Rocco Y Sus Hermanos. Roberti Coramos.
Z / Z. Nelson Ponce.
Images, courtesy of AMPAS
And while you’re there you can enjoy the new lobby exhibition “Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World,” displaying 125 graphically dynamic handmade silkscreen prints, all created by artists engaged by Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), the Cuban film institute. Featured are posters for international films such as “A Clockwork Orange,” “The Shining,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Bicycle Thief,” “Z” and “Persona,” and dozens of Cuban films.
A Celebration of Cuban Film | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills | June 22, tickets on sale June 1